Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children from birth through age 8. NAEYC convenes thought leaders, teachers and other practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders and sets standards of excellence for programs and teachers in early childhood education. Many of the schools on the Cape are NAEYC accredited, which consists of a rigorous collection and implementation of curriculum, leadership, health, and safety standards for young children. I have served as a facilitator in the Falmouth Public Schools initiative towards full district accreditation and a presenter at the NAEYC annual conference. In my opinion, finding a preschool with this accreditation would be a starting point for me. Many of the preschools on the Cape are accredited. You may search for accredited programs in your area through the NAEYC's handy search engine.
Also check out NAEYC Radio where you can learn about different topics each month surrounding early childhood education. This month learn "Why Boisterous Play is Essential to Learning" by clicking the Radio button. You can also subscribe via iTunes!
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